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Publisher's Summary

June 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare ore that will power a top-secret weapon coveted on both sides of the Atlantic - the atomic bomb.

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  • Scott
  • JUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 05-03-12

Horrible acting job by the narator.

What disappointed you about The Last Heroes?

The narator's voice was painful to listen to with his nasal twang. He struggled to change his vioce to do different charactors. I couldn't even get thirty minutes into it before I had try another book. Hopefully the book in this series that Scott Brick narates will be better. I've heard him narate in several other books and he does a fantastic job of creating charactors. I have listened to several other books of W.E.B. Griffen and really enjoyed them.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I couldn't finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Russotto’s performances?

Never.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm not sure, I couldn't get passed the narotor.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story - great characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

WEB Griffin is one of my favorite authors. Great story, great narration, great history lesson. I read most of his books in the 90's. Now I'm listening to all of his books again and enjoying them even more. As I finish I forward the book to my son. I've got him hooked.

What other book might you compare The Last Heroes to and why?

All of Griffins series are great. I have not listened to any of his books that I have not enjoyed.

Which scene was your favorite?

The characters make most of the scenes great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'd love the time to be able to do that. Mostly I listen when I'm on the road for several hours. Great entertainment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Delivers as expected!

A great storyline that follows in the tradition of this series. Worth listening to several times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story.

Everything story and production wise was great. I did not enjoy the narrator that much. The best one I have heard so far did the first few of the corps series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JR
  • 02-23-15

The Beginnings of another pretty good story line.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Maybe... It is the start of a series, so there is a development of background on the various characters. I have read this series and found it to be pretty good. Somehow, the transition into an audio book seems to fall short of the mark.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All characters are in the developmental stages. Nobody stands out except the central character.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His various voices just left me cold. A few times, I had to turn off the book and come back later. I would allow that the writing may not have translated well to audio. These books should be edited. There are too many "He Said.. She said." phrases. Way too many, I say. If the narrator change voices to match the character, then we know who is talking without the need to add "He said." <br/><br/>Some of the voices did not match the character. The booming voices used to denote authority just come across as loud, or boisterous. Not as authoritative.

Was The Last Heroes worth the listening time?

About 12 hours actual. Much longer with needed breaks.

Any additional comments?

W.E.B. Griffin is a great author and storyteller. But, some of his early works do not transition well into audio when read verbatim.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • Powell, OH, United States
  • 04-04-13

Awful narration performance and poor writing style

What did you like best about The Last Heroes? What did you like least?

This book seems to be an early writing attempt by the author. While the story is good, it is very distracting to have "he said.". constantly in the text just to be followed up 5 words later with "Canidy said". This in itself is distracting to a fault and is not necessary. I have read a lot of other books by this author and have not experienced this in those.<br/><br/><br/>The book does a great job of pulling you into the story line of the two main characters, however when the other character's story lines are brought in they are rather uninteresting, a bit bothersome or distracting. I don't believe enough effort was built into these parts of the story and they end up being a necessary after thought.

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

I will buy another book, but not on the merits of this particular book. I have read a good number of his novels and think they are fabulous. I will continue this series solely in the hope he improves quickly and that he finds a different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I am a great fan of audio books, and have always been impressed with the ability of the narrators. This is the first book that I have to say was an awful narration. The character voices were forced and sounded awful. None of the voices sounded realistic. I hate to be so negative but I put the narration on par with a 6th grade drama reading. Knowing the narrator will also narrate the next book in the series gives me great pause to purchase it.

Do you think The Last Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes it is part of a series. Honestly, I really feel like the book was just getting started when it ended. the story line did not come to a close.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator stinks

What disappointed you about The Last Heroes?

This narrator is terrible! I want my money back! <br/>I love this author but can't even get through Part 1. Can I exchange it for one of W.E.B Griffin's books that has a different performer? Anyone but Russotto!!!

What didn’t you like about Michael Russotto’s performance?

His tone and rhythm sound like a spoiled 10 year old whining at his parents

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awful reader!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader.

Would you recommend The Last Heroes to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It is painful to listen to.

How could the performance have been better?

Another reader--anybody!!

Any additional comments?

Would love to buy the follow-up books, but not with the same reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The narrator ruined this for me.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing

What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

None

What didn’t you like about Michael Russotto’s performance?

The narrator was so dull I could not keep listening. I out it on a faster speed and it was better, but not enough of an improvement.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of the WW2 series. I love them. But if the narrator is the same, i will not buy more.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • CHANNELVIEW, TX, United States
  • 11-12-13

Worst Narration i have ever heard

What disappointed you about The Last Heroes?

The narrator was worse than awful. First WEB Griffin book i could not finish.... Solely due to the narrator. Please have Dick Hill do these he was fantastic in the Corps and Brotherhood of War series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

he was just terrible. almost un-quantifyable.

Any additional comments?

Dick Hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get him on this one

2 of 3 people found this review helpful